What we're about

Stag Walkers is a friendly walking and social group primarily aimed at people in their 20s and 30s but all are welcome and we have members of all ages.

We run weekly walks, on Saturdays or Sundays, varying in length from 5 to 15 miles and we host regular social nights. Walks and socials generally take place across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Cambridgeshire.

The group was formed in 2007 and is not profit making. It is part of and funded by Ramblers, Britain's walking charity. It is run by a group of volunteer Ramblers members who are actively involved in the group.

Why walk with Stag Walkers?

• You want to meet like-minded people who enjoy walking

• You enjoy getting outdoors and exercising

• You want to discover the beauty of Herts, Beds and Cambs countryside

Our Walks

• Take place throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Cambridgeshire (although we sometimes go further afield)

• Are on country footpaths, through pretty villages and skirt some of the towns in the area

• Range from 5 miles up to 15 miles

• Are led by members who volunteer their time for free and are insured to lead walks

Socialising with the Group
In addition to walks, we have a regular social calendar. We organize a range of events throughout the year.

Joining the Group
You are welcome to join us for a up to 3 walks for free (over max 3 months) after that we ask you to become a member of Ramblers. For details on how to join and how much it costs please visit our website (http://stagwalkers.org.uk/about-us/become-a-member.html).

As a charity we ask that non-members consider making a voluntary donation to Ramblers until they become a full member. We suggest £3-4 per walk. A member of the admin team or the walk leader will mention this at the start of the walk and can accept donations on the day.

Ramblers is a registered charity, no. 1093577 (England & Wales). Your donation will go directly towards funding Stag Walkers, and to wider Ramblers charitable activities.

Notes for joining a walk

• Please ensure you bring adequate drinking water for the duration of the walk.

• Please bring a packed lunch & additional snacks if you require them - a lunch stop cannot be guaranteed. Any pub stops tend to be for drinks rather than food to save time.

• Please dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions. Walking boots and waterproofs are strongly advised in the winter and when wet!

• Please arrive at the meeting point on time, preferably a few minutes early. Walks leave promptly at the stated start time.

• Car sharing from Queen Mother Car Park in Hitchin is encouraged but a lift cannot be guaranteed. We ask members to arrange car sharing between themselves in advance. The Facebook Group or the Meetup discussion board are the best places to do this. If you get a lift with another member please offer a contribution to their petrol of £2-3 depending on distance.

On joining Ramblers as a member of Stag Walkers Walking Group

• You will be sent our regular member e-newsletter (if you opt in to marketing emails) containing upcoming walk, news and interesting information about walking and the Ramblers

• You are entitled to join in any of the group's walks, weekends away and socials

• Your money will help run the group and Ramblers achieve its charitable objectives

• Get great discounts at Cotswold Outdoor, and offers off other products and services from time to time

• You will receive Ramblers quarterly walk magazine, and biannual Stile magazine covering our |Area

• And more (http://www.ramblers.org.uk/become-a-member/benefits-of-membership/discounts-and-offers.aspx)...

• Don't forget to quote our group code (HF52) when joining!

Please note the following:

• We advertise our walks in a number of places and you will typically find a good sized group of around 10 other walkers on each walk in addition to those you see on meetup.

• You will recognise us as we really do look like Ramblers (only younger) and anyone there can confirm.

• The organiser identified on Meetup is usually different from the actual walk leader. The majority of our walk leaders are not members of Meetup, please see the description of the walk for name and contact details.

Upcoming events (1)

Alternative Walking Festival

Online event

Celebrate National Walking Month with Stag Walkers - We are hosting an ‘Alternative’ Walking Festival, from 23-31 May 2020. With lockdown rules still in place due to the Coronavirus, we are encouraging people to explore their local countryside on foot, and with the weather getting warmer it’s a great time to get out for some fresh air and exercise and achieve some personal goals. How to join the festival: It's really simple. Just go for as many walks as you wish during the festival period (following the latest Government advice regarding travelling and social distancing) and complete a short survey to tell us how many walks you did, the total distance you walked and what you loved most about your walks. Complete your walk survey: https://bit.ly/StagWalkersFestival2020 You can also share pictures of your walks with us by posting them to social media using the hashtag #StagWalkers or tagging the Stag Walkers account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. For those new to countryside walking, we have some advice: - Stick to public rights of way (footpaths, bridleways and byways) - Look out for and follow the waymarkers (coloured arrows) on posts that show you the way to go - Keep dogs on leads near all livestock (and pick up any poo) - Don't stray into crops or private land - Take care crossing roads (they are getting busier) Anybody who would like to participate in Stag Walkers’ Alternative Walking Festival should follow government advice and walk alone, with members of your household or only one other person you don’t live with as long as you keep two metres apart. Please stay local and comply with social distancing measures. National Walking Month was set up by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, to help us keep our daily exercise fresh, interesting and safe.

Past events (341)

Virtual: After Work Fri-yay drinks!

Online event

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